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Too many people are not faithful in little things. They are not to be absolutely depended upon. They do not always keep their promises. They break engagements. They fail to pay their debts promptly. They come behind time to appointments. They are neglectful and careless in little things. In general they are good people, but their life is honey-combed with small failures. One who can be positively depended upon, who is faithful in the least things as well as in the greatest, whose life and character are true through and through, gives out a light in this world which honors Christ and blesses others.   —  J. R. Miller

 1 Corinthians 4:2 ~ Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 Luke 16:10 ~ He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

 Matthew 25:29 ~ For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

 

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When I read a very familiar scripture this morning I decided to start with the scripture before and was blessed.

Isaiah 41:9-10

Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for i am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee: yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

And the promises that God had for Israel continue.

But the though that God has chosen ME to be his servant struck me. When God chooses us, he doesn’t cast us away, he holds tightly to us; is jealous over us; and wants us to Fear Not. We can have confidence in that.

Last week I woke up with this song on my heart.

Teach me Lord to Wait – Gold City

Teach me, Lord, to wait down on my knees
‘Til in your own good time, you answer my pleas
Teach me not to rely on what others may do
But to wait in prayer for an answer from you

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings as eagles
They shall run and not grow weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait

And teach me, Lord to wait while my heart’s all aflame
Let me humble my pride and call on your name
Keep my faith renewed, my eyes only on Thee
And let me be on this earth what you want me to be

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings as eagles
They shall run and not grow weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait

Since then, I have been meditaing in waiting on God. Especially in these times when I feel so needy, that nothing is happening as I have planed or hoped. And when it feels like there is no end in sight. It was a good and needful reminder to wait on God and his promises.

In Isaiah 40 we find the inspiration for parts of this song.

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is God’s strength that gets us through the day while we wait on him. His promises are sure. In verse 26 we find teh assurance that not one of his promises will fail, but that we can look to the one that created all things, us included.

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

It is my desire to learn, so Teach me Lord to wait.

In this trying time that we live in there are many things that can take our peace. Our job, the economy, relationships, and uncertainty with what the future holds to name a few. Some times I find it a struggle to hold on to the precious peace that God has gave me when I placed my trust in him.

I was talking with a friend last night about stress and how many times people focus on the everyday things in life, creating unnecessary stressful situations. They talk about the monthly bills as if they are new and unmanageable. Christians can get caught up in this habit also. In conversation with one another, the bills are due or the car needs washing or the lawn needs mowed and what a big deal each one is.

We don’t need to allow daily responsibilities to take our peace. God is our strength and we can go to him for help for every day things. We can rest in him to take care of our every need.

When I got home I read Philippians 4:6-7, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I was so encouraged to find this simple recipe to keep the peace of God that passeth all understanding. It is to not worry and to bring our petitions before God with thankful prayer. He knows our needs and has promised many times over to supply each one. The bills will be paid, relationships will work out, the strength and time will come to get the yard work done. I have a secret to tell you, My God in all his riches has promised to supply each need (Philippians 4:19). In this we can rest and remain at peace.

God has been teaching or reminding me some things lately…Let me share.

  1. When life get’s busy – stop and take time for the necessities.  Don’t neglect prayer, God’s word, time with his people and your job in his kingdom. Take a little time for yourself, to help cope.
  2. When the trials get long, God’s arms are longer and can hold you close.
  3. Take advantage of the help and encouragement that God’s people are. Don’t hide away when the trials are piling on. Be with the saints, share your burdens, share what God has done.
  4. That God has a perfect plan for ME, personally, not just any person. This plan is for MY good. And he will work it out in the best way.
  5. He has promised perfect peace, when I keep my eyes on him. Isaiah 26
  6. Prayer works for little things as well as big things.
  7. That I need to be more bold vocally about my life with God. I can talk to people I know about him, other saints, I can write about it. But I need to gain the boldness to step out and share the Gospel to those around me. Living the life and being a testimony is great, but when the opportunity comes, I want to and need to be ready to give an answer. (I am praying for more boldness in this way)
  8. That when teaching children about God, one has to make sure to get on their level, with words they understand. Keeping the story true, but with embellishments to keep their interest and attention. That they don’t have to remember the whole thing, but to get the basics.
  9. That our spiritual life is a mirror of our physical life. If we are lazy physically we will tend to lazy spiritual. We need to stay fit and up to par in every area.
  10. Don’t get weary in well doing, in serving God, in being a good testimony, in the work of God, in your job, in your housework, in taking care of your body, in all things you do, they are all for God. And he blesses those that endure to the end.
  11. That I have enough faith to touch God, but I want more.
  12. My trust placed in God is not in vain. He keeps his promises.
  13. It’s ok to cry, God collects the tears.
  14. God provides for all needs and even some wants.
  15. God is.

I am thankful for each lesson and reminder. Life get’s busy sometimes and we can get our eyes off God. Let’s keep our focus on him, lay aside every weight that would hinder us from making heaven our home.

Hebrews 12:1-2  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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